After a little introduction, we dive into a reflection on our identities. There are two primary methods that we typically go about this and different teachers tend to connect better with one or the other. Using the compass points protocol and color personality assessment to frame our discussion not only helps students reflect on what they contribute in a group setting, it also gives us a common vocabulary to use throughout the year. After using one of these frameworks, it is useful to have students share out their categorization with rest of the class. Typically, there will be a pretty good mix of personalities represented in the class and it can be a great time to discuss the importance of valuing the different qualities that group members contribute. Each strategy is outlined below:
Compass Points Protocol
Cup Stacking Activity
This year, we decided to up the ante a little bit and adapted the challenge cards originally created by Liz Larosa on middleschoolscience.com. Instead of just asking students to build a pyramid, they had a series of challenges to work through at their own pace. Not only did this make the task a little more interesting, it made it so that all students were continuously working even if they were not the first ones to finish a task. The added directions also added a fun element that required students to communicate in non-verbal ways.
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